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French casualties

Killed and wounded French soldiers and sailors in the War for America (1778-1783)

Year
Name of battle (place or ship)
Commodore
Losses at sea
Losses on land
Sea + land
   
K
W
Total
K
W
Total
K
W
Total
1778
La Belle Poule
La Clochetterie
40
 
40
   
40
 
40
1778
Ouessant (Ushant)
Orvilliers
163
517
680
   
163
517
680
1779
La Surveillante
du Couedic
30
85
115
   
30
85
115
1778
Ste Lucie
d'Estaing
     
840
  
840
1779
Sénégal
Vaudreuil-Lauzun
   
6
22
28
6
22
28
1779
La Grenade
d'Estaing
176
773
949
41
72
113
217
845
1 062
1779
Flotte combinée (*)
Orvilliers
         
1779
Savannah
d'Estaing
   
383
370
753
383
370
753
1780
La Charmante
wreckage
210
     
210
 
210
1780
Against Rodney (West Indies)
Guichen
190
500
690
   
190
500
690
1780
En route to America
Ternay
  
17
     
17
1780Belle Poule against NonsuchKergariou-Coatles
21
47
68
   
21
47

68

1780Nymphe against FloraTrolong du Rumain
95
80
175
   
95
80
175
1781
Tentative against Jersey
Rullecourt
   
86
74
160
86
74
160
1781
Chesapeake (B. of the Capes) 1
des Touches
89
120
209
   
89
120
209
1781
Fort de France
de Grasse
18
56
74
   
18
56
74
1781ïle Royale (Cap Breton)LaTouche Tréville
6
16
22
   
6
16
22
1781
Chesapeake (B. of the Capes) 2
de Grasse
39
184
223
   
39
184
223
1781
Yorktown
Rochambeau
   
50
177
227
50
177
227
1781
Against Kempenfeld (Atlantic)
Guichen
         
1782
Gibraltar et Cap Spartel
Crillon, Guichen
22
143
165
  
97
22
143
282
1782
St Christophe
de Grasse
103
202
305
94
172
266
197
374
571
1782
Scipion against London and Torbay
Grimoüard
15
40
55
   
15
40
55
1782
Les Saintes, on 7 lost ships
de Grasse
      
791
1 119
1 910
 Les Saintes, on 21 other ships
Vaudreuil
952
1 329
2 281
   
952
1 329
2 281
1782
Delaware
LaTouche Tréville
6
15
21
   
6
15
21
1783
La Bourgogne
wreckage
100
     
100
 
100
1781
La Praya (Atlantic)
Suffren
93
197
290
   
93
197
290
1782
Sadras (India)
Suffren
30
 
30
   
30
 
30
1782
Providien
Suffren
137
357
494
   
137
357
494
1782
Negapatam
Suffren
  
779
     
779
1782
Trincomale
Suffren
82
255
337
   
82
255
337
1783
Gondelour
Suffren
102
376
478
   
102
376
478
 Total (**)
not including sickness
 
2 724
5 320
8 706
660
887
2 484
4 259
7 418
13 430

(*) At least 529 death by sickness among the 4,723 French sailors involved

(**) According to Mc Cullough, in the British Navy, for each sailor killed or mortally wounded there were over 7 death by sickness
;if French Royal Navy had the same ratio, this would mean an additional 15,000 sailors having lost their lives.

French death (mostly diseases) on the American soil or waters, according to Warrington Dawson survey (1936)
1,113 soldiers plus
+ 999 sailors
= 2 112 men